The new Microsoft Lumia 535 isn't the most impressive phone ever released, however, there are a couple things that are noteworthy about it. First of all, this is the first "Sans-Nokia" phone that Microsoft has released, they've replaced the Nokia badging with Microsoft's name instead. Secondly, the price tag on the Lumia 535 is ~$30 bucks with no contract which might make you think that it is a piece of garbage automatically but that just might not be the case. Arstechnica takes a closer look at the Lumia 535 to see what it is all about.
It's no secret that Windows Phone and the Lumia smartphone range have had the most success at the low end. The Lumia 520 sold like hot cakes thanks to aggressive pricing, and it's still on the market today, with the Microsoft Store currently running a special offer where an AT&T-locked, off-contract phone can be picked up for less than $30.
The successor to the 520 was the Lumia 530, and it had big, if cheap, shoes to fill. Unfortunately, we don't think it really pulled this off, with less storage, no auto-brightness sensor, and a markedly worse screen. The Lumia 630 and 635 were more compelling, with decent screens and more capable cameras. However, they still had only 512MB RAM and lacked the ambient light sensor, which felt a little substandard for their price point.